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  • Oct 31- AbbVie, which this month abandoned its planned $55 billion purchase of Dublin drugmaker Shire, reported impressive quarterly earnings on demand for its Humira arthritis drug and said it could deliver strong long-term growth without rushing into another big merger attempt. "The underlying growth prospects of AbbVie don't require us to do a deal of that...

  • HP tries something new with 3D scanning computer Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 29- Hewlett-Packard Co has taken a modest step toward re-imagining the venerable personal computer, merging a 3 D scanner and projector with an all-in-one PC to create a $1,899 ensemble it hopes can rekindle industry interest. The new desktop computer, called Sprout, goes on sale online Wednesday. Sprout sits atop Microsoft's Windows 8 and...

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • Under the revised terms, Williams Partners will merge with a subsidiary of Access Midstream in a unit-for-unit exchange of 0.86672 common units of Access Midstream for every Williams common unit. Williams first proposed the merger in June, with Access Midstream acquiring William Partners at an exchange ratio of 0.85 plus an additional $0.81 per Williams...

  • Williams, Access Midstream Partners amend deal terms Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Under the revised terms, Williams Partners will merge with a subsidiary of Access Midstream in a unit-for-unit exchange at a ratio of 0.86672 common units of Access Midstream for every Williams common unit. Williams first proposed the merger in June, with Access Midstream acquiring William Partners at an exchange ratio of 0.85 plus an additional $0.81 per...

  • *Monte Paschi hires UBS, Citi to review options, including merger. MILAN/ ROME, Oct 26-- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a 2.1 billion euro funding shortfall that could force it to seek a merger, after a European banking review revealed serious weak points in the Italian financial system. The historic Tuscan lender, which was founded in 1472 and carried out a 5-...

  • Oct 24- Banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc said it would start takeover talks with Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group after its shareholders voted against a proposed merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc. Fyffes' shares fell 5 percent to 94 euro cents in Dublin after the collapse of the deal, which would have created a company domiciled in...

  • Oct 22- Abbott Laboratories and Mylan Inc said on Wednesday they would go ahead with their $5.3 billion deal in which Mylan will buy part of Abbott's overseas generics business and set up headquarters in the Netherlands, but they tweaked the terms of the transaction. Treasury on Sept. 22 made changes to the corporate tax rules that govern such "inversion" merger...

  • TORONTO, Oct 21- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is still open to a merger with one of the two bigger eastern U.S. carriers even after talks with CSX Corp failed, though a hostile bid is unlikely, Chief Executive Hunter Harrison said on Thursday. Norfolk Southern Corp is the other of the two bigger U.S. railways based east of Chicago. Without mentioning Norfolk Southern...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 21- Shareholders of Chiquita Brands International Inc. should consider alternatives to a proposed merger with Irish produce firm Fyffes Plc, proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis said on Tuesday. Shareholders are set to vote on Fyffes' revamped all-stock offer of $11.80 per Chiquita share at a special meeting on Oct. 24. "We expect shareholders may...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. ad spending boosts Omnicom third quarter Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Oct 21- Omnicom Group Inc, the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, reported quarterly revenue and profit above analysts' expectations, boosted by higher ad spending in the United States. Omnicom, whose merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA was aborted in May, said revenue rose 7.4 percent to $3.75 billion in the third quarter while ad revenue rose 12.5 percent.

  • Oct 20- Allergan Inc shareholder Paulson& Co is urging the Botox maker to merge with specialty pharmaceutical company Shire Plc as an alternative to a deal with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, according to two people familiar with the matter. The hedge fund, which earlier supported a deal with Valeant, told Allergan CEO David Pyott...

  • Oct 20- Allergan Inc shareholder Paulson& Co is urging the Botox maker to merge with specialty pharmaceutical company Shire Plc as an alternative to a deal with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals, according to two people familiar with the matter. The hedge fund told Allergan CEO David Pyott that it would support a deal with Shire, the sources said.

  • Oct 20- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Monday that it had ended talks to buy CSX Corp and that the two companies planned no further discussions, sending shares of the No. 3 U.S. railroad operator down more than 3 percent. Neither side had confirmed the talks, initially reported by the Wall Street Journal a week ago. However, analysts had said service problems...

  • Goldman's $100M spreadsheet error Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 PM ET
    Traders work at the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    A spreadsheet mix-up led Goldman to misrepresent the number of outstanding shares in Tibco Software, the NYT reports.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 16- The head of a U.S. Senate subcommittee raised concerns in a letter on Thursday to the U.S. Attorney General and head of the top U.S. rail regulator about a potential merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and CSX Corp, and called on them both to fully review the antitrust implications of any such deal. "Given recent concerns about shipping delays...

  • *Shire shares tumble as AbbVie reconsiders bid. Aside from concerns about the global economy, Chicago- based AbbVie said it was reconsidering its $55 billion takeover of the company weeks after the U.S. government moved to curb deals designed to reduce tax, throwing the vitality of merger and acquisition activity into doubt. U.S.-listed shares of Shire tumbled...

  • LONDON, Oct 15- European shares fell on Wednesday, weighed down by UK healthcare stocks after U.S. suitor AbbVie Inc said it would reconsider its bid for UK pharmaceutical firm Shire. Shares in Shire fell nearly 30 percent in early deals after AbbVie said it intended to reconsider its recommendation to shareholders to vote in favor of the 32 billion pound merger...

  • Oct 14- AbbVie Inc said it intends to reconsider its recommendation to its shareholders to vote in favor of the 32 billion pound merger with Shire Plc due to the changing U.S. tax regulations. Chicago- based AbbVie, which makes top-selling arthritis drug Humira, is eager to buy Shire to reduce its U.S. tax bill by moving its tax base to Britain and to diversifying its...

  • Oct 13- U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp said it would become majority shareholder in network monitoring company NetScout Systems Inc through a stock deal that involves the merger of Danaher's communications business with NetScout. Under the deal, Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion that will give them a 59.5...